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Catch-up: Good News, Opportunties, Exhibition, Initiatives


I hope you are reading this in a break from Gamecity, if not, have a look at their website, there are lots of things to do.  And after/before/in-between Gamecity, here are a number of things for you to consider:

Good News

Primary, the artist space in the former Douglas primary school site on Seely Road, has won a £110K grant from the Arts Council.  Their press release says this funding will be going

towards supporting our second phase of development, which focuses on two complementary strands – the delivery of a critically engaged contemporary art programme for the wider public and the resources necessary to implement this.

Artists from the UK and abroad will be invited to research, make and present work at PRIMARY, where we will provide them with a unique combination of space, time and curatorial support to realise substantial new projects that will have a lasting impact on their work. By placing emphasis on process, we believe that this approach will create fertile conditions for experimentation and speculation, and in turn reveal the production of ideas and artwork to a wider audience.

Kate Kumar in her shop Locally Produced for You

Kate Kumar and daughter in Locally Produced for You

If you have been suffering withdrawal symptoms since Design Circus in West Bridgford closed down (the landlord is re-developing the site), you will be pleased to know that Locally Produced For You has opened up, not far away, above Hair Scene on Central Avenue.  The shop displays and sells arts and crafts from many creatives, and I was able to tick one person off my Ch****mas list with a purchase on Saturday – but let’s keep this a secret.


In our second reference to major calendar events, Hart’s Hotel is running a virtual Pumpkin Art Competition offering entrants the chance to win a [real] overnight stay and meal for two.  Tweet a photograph of you with your creation to @HartsNottingham using the hashtag #HartsPumpkinArt or upload to the Hart’s Nottingham facebook page.  Closing date for entries is October 31.

The Creative England Film team have an iShorts programme to support “directors and writer/directors who have some experience in self-funded short films, in student films, or who have written an unproduced screenplay, or produced work that has not yet attracted financial support from within the industry.Successful iShorts applicants will undergo a bespoke training programme and receive mentoring support from industry experts and production funding of up to £5,000.” See their website for full details and the online application form can be found on their site, but note that applications close on Friday 1 November 2013 at 5pm. (But there will be a second chance in 2014.)

Did you see the film The Visitor?  Without giving away any spoilers, drumming, both by serious musicians and the (learning) protagonist is a strong part of the film and something which has lived with me since I saw it.  City Arts are having a Music, Movement, and WellBeing Day at The Studio Theatre, College Street on 16 November, which includes an afternoon Drumming course with Biant Singh.

application desk for Genesis of Cron

Emily, the spy recruiter, awaits

If you are spy, retired, budding, or active, and want to experience being an undercover agent this week in Nottingham, then the Genesis of CrØn “immersive theatre” may be just the thing.  Sign up at CrØn Desk in the GameCity8 Arcade, 10 Fletcher Gate (the former Dwell shop).


The innovative gallery Backlit is opening a new solo exhibition by Zimoun at 7pm this Friday, 25 October 25.  Entitled “Rotations”, Zimoun has built “architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects… these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life.” Zimoun will be doing an opening talk from 5.30PM – 7PM on Friday – free tickets are available online.


We blogged about crowdfunding recently, and it is great to see two more local projects using this method.  Paa Joe & The Lion is a feature length documentary about the ‘Grandfather of Ghana’s Fantasy Coffin trade’.  Ben Wigley has done most of the shooting for this, but is seeking funds for one last tript to Ghana to complete the filming, and to start the post-production.  The perks include a copy of the film, read more, and invest, on the site.  (They are also running their own Tumblr blog.)

Ignition team at Game City

Ignition team amusing themselves with some science props

If you have been to the CQ Pop-Up centre on Fletcher Gate, currently in use for Gamecity, the first people you see, on the left, are the those of the pop up version of 3-2-1 Ignition – “making science creative, accessible and fun”.  They are seeking funding to take over an empty shop on a temporary lease.   Read more about them, and invest, on the site.

Nottingham CVS are developing a database of skilled volunteers to help local community groups and charities.  On Thursday, 7 November, at 5.30 on the Mansfield Road, they will be hosting an event for employers and businesses who would like to find out how employees can benefit from volunteering their skills to help community and voluntary groups.  More details, and to register an interest, visit their site.

A new co-working space is germinating in Nottingham: Petal, on the top floor of Edin’s Natural Kitchen on Carleton Street. I went to the launch evening and heard Phil Campbell speak eloquently of the possibilities for co-working and his experience of such places in the USA, both for ad hoc drop-in visits and for regular working.  In the few days since that evening the options, structure, and arrangements have evolved, if you are interested or want to know more, follow @petalcoworking or visit their website.

Looking at the petal co-working space from the stairs

Petal Co-Working space

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